Saturday, March 5, 2011

NLL life on the road - All-Star edition

Crammed into the back of a limousine -- with four other lacrosse players -- and driving for six hours isn't exactly the stuff dreams are made of.
Neither is spending half a day in an airplane.
However, the travel itinerary to, and from, the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game last weekend in Verona, N.Y., was worth it in the end according to Scott Ranger.
"It's a five-and-half hour flight from Vancouver to Toronto," said Ranger who is into his fifth season as a Calgary Roughneck. "And a six and a half-hour drive with five guys in the back of a limo wasn't the most comfortable situation -- it sucked."
"But it was a great experience."
Ranger, who calls Nanaimo, B.C., home from Monday to Friday, hitched a ride with fellow NLL players Lewis Ratcliff, Nick Patterson, Chris Levis, and Mike Grimes, and made his all-star debut last weekend. The 27-year-old forward represented the Roughnecks on the West Division team which fell 30-26 to the East team along with Jeff Shattler and captain Andrew McBride. Riggers transition player Geoff Snider was supposed to attend, but opted out of the game to deal with a lower-body injury.
"You get to play with guys you generally battle and hate on the floor," Ranger said. "You get to learn quite a bit about the guy. When you see them outside of lacrosse, you gain a lot of respect for them. And you almost have a lot in common.
"All the travel aside, I think everyone had a good time."

To read the full story by Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald please click here

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